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Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (Great Discoveries)by Lawrence M. Krauss
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Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most perplexing of all physical theories. Here Lawrence M. Krauss, himself a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, offers a unique scientific biography: a rollicking narrative coupled with clear and novel expositions of science at the limits. An immensely colorful persona in and out of the office, Feynman revolutionized our understanding of nature amid a turbulent life. Krauss presents that life--from the death of Feynman's childhood sweetheart during the Manhattan Project to his reluctant rise as a scientific icon--as seen through the science, providing a new understanding of the legacy of a man who has fascinated millions. An accessible reflection on the issues that drive physics today, captures the story of a man who was willing to break all the rules to tame a theory that broke all the rules.
"Physicist Richard Feynman has a reputation as a bongo-playing, hard-partying, flamboyant Nobel Prize laureate for his work on quantum electrodynamics theory, but this tends to obscure the fact that he was a brilliant thinker who continued making contributions to science until his death in 1988. He foresaw new directions in science that have begun to produce practical applications only in the last decade: nanotechnology, atomic-scale biology like the manipulation of DNA, lasers to move individual atoms, and quantum engineering. In the 1960s, Feynman entered the field of quantum gravity and created important tools and techniques for scientists studying black holes and gravity waves. Author Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek), an MIT-trained physicist, doesn't necessarily break new ground in this biography, but Krauss excels in his ability, like Feynman himself, to make complicated physics comprehensible. He incorporates Feynman's lectures and quotes several of the late physicist's colleagues to aid him in this process. This book is highly recommended for readers who want to get to know one of the preeminent scientists of the 20th century. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Krauss, a professor of physics at Arizona State University, and a popular writer on scientific topics, presents this biography of Richard Feynman, quantum physicist, father of the atomic bomb and one of the most important scientists of the twentieth century. The work examines Feynman's eclectic nature, both in the laboratory and in daily life and presents a discussion of his ongoing contributions to the development of quantum physics through the complex, and still unsolved, problems that he posed to the scientific community. The work is accessible to the general reader with an interest in science topics and includes several easy to understand examples of the physics Feynman worked on. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A gripping new scientific biography of the revered Nobel Prize-winning physicist (and curious character).
About the Author
Lawrence M. Krauss is the director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University and has written more than three hundred scientific publications and seven books, including The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He lives in Tempe, Arizona, and Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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